The get up close blue ice experience

Valdez Glacier and Icebergs

Quick Facts
Nearest City

Valdez

Season

Mid May - Mid Oct

Length

2-3 Hours

Adult Cost

$155

Youth (Under 13) Cost

$80

Minimum Age

None

Valdez Glacier and Icebergs in Detail.

Overview

Our Valdez Glacier and Iceberg tour begins at Valdez Glacier Lake, past the airport at the end of Airport Road. There we will meet you with a canoe and life jackets. Pick-ups and drop-offs are not available for the 2021 season.

This private tour requires a minimum of 2 people, and can accommodate groups as large as 6 people at a time. No canoe experience is required. Guides do the paddling, participants may paddle if they would like to do so. One in 30 tours we experience winds on the lake and may request participants to help paddle. In 2019 we had to cancel or switch to Worthington Trek and prorate refunds 4 times due to wind, 2020 we had to cancel for wind on one day. The full refund cancellation or switch and prorate is decided by the client if the guide determines the conditions to be unsafe on the lake.

We will canoe out towards Valdez Glacier exploring the icebergs, and when possible and safe, their ice caves. On July 7, 2020 the entire ice shelf of the glacier calved into thousands of icebergs. Currently there is no safe option to get on the glacier from the lake, as the face of the glacier is blocked by a group of unstable icebergs locked together. At this time there are more icebergs in the lake than ever have been or will be. We anticipate there being several ice caves available to view throughout each tour with at least one that would provide safe entrance in the canoe. However this is ice, it's constantly melting and changing so we can't offer 100% guarantees. These are our honest assessments based on years of observation out there. The option to walk on an iceberg exist if a suitable iceberg can be found for safe exit and entry of the canoe.

Equipment Provided

  • Life Jackets

Recommended You Bring

  • Warm Jacket (The temp can be 10°F (5°C) colder at the glacier)
  • Comfortable Shoes for walking across uneven surfaces

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